Girl Hunter

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Georgia Pelligrini, a classically trained chef, talks about becoming a hunter that tracks down food in the wild, and how she embraced local, organic, and sustainable food. Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the Way We Eat, One Hunt at a Time tells about teaming up with veteran hunters, trav­elling over field and stream in search of the main course—from quail to venison and wild boar, from elk to javelina and squirrel.


Georgia Pelligrini

Comments [16]


can i hunt Republicans? soooo juicy.

Jan. 09 2012 02:26 PM
Gerald from Urayasu, Japan

I understand that hunting and butchering animals gives you plenty more insight into your food than buying the packaged meat at the supermarket. Fortunately she didn't advocate this for everybody - or we'd have no wild animals left on the planet. Crazy as it sounds these days with locovorism so ascendant, but farming (perhaps even evil factory farming) is more sustainable and even ethical than hunting for one's dinner. We wouldn't have civilization without a small population of farmers raising the food for the rest of us. I live in Japan and must frequently debate supporters of whaling, who fail to see that harvesting whales for food is any different from killing any other animal. I retort that cows, pigs and chickens, bred by humans over thousands of years as a food source, are a far more ethical and sustainable source of protein than wild mammals such as whales. I wouldn't hunt any wild animal for dinner or for fun - even though some number of deer (and whales, too) are certainly in need of culling from time to time. I suspect the Japanese hunters who participate in the grisly dolphin slaughter would probably find much to agree with in Pelligrini's romantic views of wild animal slaughter.

Jan. 07 2012 01:06 AM

@tom LI


thank you.

Jan. 05 2012 06:08 PM
tom LI

Oh, okay...this idea might not be a bad way to thin-out the human urban herd. Send them into the woods, out on the plains, mountains, hunt their food. If after shooting each other, and missing their prey, being lost and suffering from exposure and/or starving (and of course having to be rescued on our tax dollar)...some good Real estate and jobs could open up in the cities...full speed ahead on this idea. And they can all wear black too...and fill their thermos' with their pretentious drinks.

Ive about had it with these dilettantes telling us what to do.

Jan. 05 2012 04:40 PM


The word "chef" is short for chef de cuisine, the highest rank in a respectable kitchen. The position is earned after hard years of work and development.

Attending an expensive culinary school or showing-up in a respectable kitchen doth not a chef make.


Jan. 05 2012 01:11 PM
Clay Turner from New Jersey

Leonard- on your squirrel problem: plant peppers (not sure which type- habanero, jalapeño?) which will ripen _before_ your tomatoes. The squirrels try out your peppers and associate them with your tomatoes. I have a friend
who claims success with this method. You could test out a few types on your terrace before planting season.

I have had conflicts with squirrels who wish to live in my house during
the winter. This would be a great subject for the Gurus of How-To.

Jan. 05 2012 01:07 PM
Maria from Brooklyn

The title undercuts the author's intent. "Girl"--is she eight? Other than that, the idea that one should be able to face up to killing what one eats is
a decent one. Personally, though, I believe a diet leaning toward vegetarianism is the best way to go in terms of ethics and ecology.

Jan. 05 2012 01:06 PM

... the things pretty/privileged girlies get up to!

Jan. 05 2012 01:05 PM
Sharon from Jersey

Where do you find these Oprah "a-ha" moment guests? Are you kidding me? Women hunt all across this country, what is new here that this hipster is selling? I'm really confused about her POV. There seem to be a lot of shows about rich kids in NYC running away from their hipster life and doing ironic things..bleh

Jan. 05 2012 01:01 PM
Anne from Fairfield, CT

I LOATHED Ms. Pellegrini when we were in college together. We both wrote for the Wellesley News -- I was on the left and she was as far right as anyone could conjure, which in a liberal idyll like academic New England, feels a notch shy of devildom.

That said, I am THRILLED to hear her on Leonard's show. There are so few women who speak eloquently and confidently, and Pellegrini is as smart and invested in the world as I remember. (And there's a lot more overlap in our views). It's interesting to see her conservatism now turned towards conserving our resources and using our natural treasures more wisely and thriftfully.

The food waste in this country is obscene and I hope Pellegrini can get more of her fellow chefs to be mindful of their excess, and share the surplus with those less fortunate. Thanks for this segment...

Jan. 05 2012 12:59 PM
Cynthia from Englewood

Please talk about the problem lead shot used by hunters. If the hunters fail to pick up the shot animals or bury the entrails, eagles and other birds of prey which feed on carrion can ingest the shot and die from lead poisoning. The Wildlife Center of Virginia has been trying to get this message out.

The Center has treated several eagles in the past month or so for lead poisoning...some were saved, but not all.

If you choose to hunt, please do so responsibly...there is ammunition which does not contain lead.

Jan. 05 2012 12:57 PM

Yay Wellesley! You should be going back to speak on campus to save current students from the obligatory Wall Street stint before they do something interesting with their lives.

Jan. 05 2012 12:57 PM
mark from london

as a vegan, I just want to say thanks to Georgia for promoting whole beast eating, and sustainable meat. Not my cup of tea, but cheers to anything that helps to reduce waste and suffering.

Jan. 05 2012 12:56 PM
Michael Stiller from NYC/High Falls, NY

So happy to hear someone on the radio talking about participating in the cycle of life. This is the phrase that most often comes out of my mouth when I discuss my interest in hunting (and food) with my non-hunting friends.

Jan. 05 2012 12:53 PM
Benny from UWS

I grew up in Central Pennsylvania and it is rather typical that teenage girls go hunting. My grandmother still hunts every year for deer and she makes a fantastic pickled deer heart.

Jan. 05 2012 12:52 PM


Jan. 05 2012 12:46 PM

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